WCC condemns attack on church in Pakistan

By agency reporter
December 19, 2017

World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has condemned an attack at a church in Pakistan  on 17 December 2017 that killed at least eight people and injured dozens of others. Tveit expressed sorrow for the lives lost in the suicide bomb and gun attack.

The violence targeted Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in the western Pakistani city of Quetta, occurring as some 200 worshippers gathered inside to attend a Sunday midday service. Quetta is the capital of Balochistan province.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the gate of the church, then a second attacker fired upon worshippers, before being killed by security forces at the scene.

Tveit urged people to continue to stand united against such violence. “We condemn this tragic disregard for human life at a time when people were gathered to worship as a community. We will not allow this devastating act weaken our faith, our unity, and our common work for peace and justice in the world.”

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches http://www.oikoumene.org/en


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